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The lecture is dead? Long live the lecture” (Bligh, 2000)

McKeachie and Svinicki (2006, p. 58) believe that lecturing is best used for:

  • Providing up-to-date material that can’t be found in one source
  • Summarizing material found in a variety of sources.
  • Adapting material to the interests of a particular group.
  • Initially helping students discover key concepts, principles or ideas
  • Modelling expert thinking.

See more at: Why lectures are dead

For all other important learning activities, such as developing critical thinking, deep understanding, and application of knowledge – the kind of skills needed in a digital age – lectures are ineffective. Other forms of teaching and learning – such as opportunities for discussion and student activities – are necessary.

Lectures are one of the most popular teaching modes. While traditional 'transmission' style lectures offer an outlet to deliver information, engaging students during lectures has been found to be much more effective in terms of student learning. In-class activities allow you to break up the lecture with practical application of material and receive instant feedback on students learning. Creating an engaging lecture involves careful planning and thought-through structure that helps students follow the material within and in-between the lectures in the course.

This section contains tips about how to make the most of giving lectures: